Q: “How do I make an MP3 of my Digital Performer Project?”
A: Here’s the correct procedure for taking a finished mix done in DP or AudioDesk and converting it to an MP3 (Note: This FAQ doesn’t apply to Performer 6.):
- Make sure you’re listening to your mix thru ONE stereo pair like “Built-In Audio 1 2” on your Mac, “Analog 1-2” on the 2408mk3, or “Main Out 1-2” on the 828mk2. Make sure MIDI isn’t part of the mix you’re listening to (MIDI tracks would have to recorded in as audio).
- Hit Command-A to select all tracks.
- Choose Audio menu > Bounce to Disk.
- Select Split Stereo for “channels”, 16-Bit for “Resolution“, Add to Soundbites Window for “Import”, and set your “Output Source” to match the stereo pair you determined you’re using in step one. Also give the file a name. Hit OK and let the file bounce. Note: If you are using DP 4.5, you can Bounce to Disk directly as an MP3. You can choose the LAME Audio export format, and skip steps 5, 6, and 7.
- Find and select the bounced file in the Soundbites Window (DP 3/AudioDesk 1: Windows menu > Soundbites, DP 4/AD 2: Project menu > Soundbites).
- Choose “Export Selected Bites” from the mini-menu in the upper left hand corner of the Soundbites window and select “Interleaved SDII” or “AIFF“. Save it to a location you’ll remember.
- Drag that file into a program that can export files as MP3s, such as iTunes.